Defiant JDF join UWI at top in Senior Cup

first_img The JDF, batting a second time, then closed day one on 10 for one, however, rain and a wet outfield on yesterday’s final day ensured that neither team was able to go for a victory. Elsewhere in the zone, rain also forced a draw in the fixture between St Elizabeth and St James at Manley Horne Park in St Elizabeth, while the match-up between Westmoreland and Hanover at Paradise Oval in Westmoreland ended in a no-result. At Manley Horne Park, St Elizabeth first made 164, with left-arm fast bowler Andrew Walker claiming five for 27 and Tyrone Johnson two for 21. This was against David Curtis, who hit 29. Westmoreland, in reply, then closed day one on 219 for three, with the experienced Myron Wilson not out on 110. Rain then had the final say on day two, where no play was possible. Over at Paradise Oval, rain left Hanover on their overnight total of 66 for four, in response to 301 for nine declared, made by Westmoreland. Recent West Indies Under-19 World Cup winning representative all-rounder Shahid Crooks, with an unbeaten 124, made the most runs for Westmoreland, with former national Under-19 player Javoy Spence providing support with 66. Gareth Dennis took five for 73. RAIN HALTED PLAY Former champions the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) and title hopefuls the University of The West Indies (UWI) are now both tied on points at the top of Zone C following the second round of matches in the two-day Jamaica Cricket Association Senior Cup at the weekend. The duo, who battled at Up Park Camp in one of three matches in the zone, are now on seven points each, from two matches, after the JDF claimed first-innings points in their rain-affected drawn encounter. Batting first after winning the toss, the JDF scored 159, with national one-day opener Jermaine Harrison 35; out-of-favour West Indies fast bowler Sheldon Cottrell, 34; and the experienced Joseph Palmer, 29, making most runs. This was against off-spinners Akeem Frazer and Oshane Walters, who finished with four for 36, and three for 36, respectively. The UWI, in their response, were bowled out for 127, with national left-arm wrist spinner Dennis Bulli, five for 20, taking most wickets and left-arm orthodox spinner Shamari Brown taking three for 32.last_img read more

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New Amsterdam celebrates 125 years as a municipality

first_imgThe town of New Amsterdam celebrates 125 years as a municipality. The one-month celebrations commenced on Thursday, but it was on Friday that the birthday cake was cut by Mayor Kurt Winter.The one-month celebrations commenced on ThursdayIt was on September 1, 1891, that legislation was enacted to have New Amsterdam become a municipality.New Amsterdam developed as a settlement besides Fort Nassau some 55 miles up the Berbice River. Around 1784, as a result of the fluctuating fortunes of Fort Nassau, the Dutch relocated the town to its present site.The original Nieuw Amsterdam grew up during the first half of the 18th Century. It was a small township with buildings mostly strung out parallel to the river bank. The inhabitants were required to pay a fixed sum annually to the Dutch Reformed Church and the Hospital, and were required to keep the public paths and the dividing land between their lots free of bushes and/or grass.At some point after 1784 the town of New Amsterdam was born. This site was obviously selected because it provided a natural outlet and entry point for a very extensive and productive hinterland.The name New Amsterdam was chosen because most of the colonists originated from the province of Amsterdam in Holland. Between 1785 and 1790 New Amsterdam was established as the seat of Government for Berbice. At that time, the town was little more than a forest settlement, with houses scattered here and there, with no roads and drains.In May 1825, an Ordinance to establish a Board of Management for the town was passed. The Board of Superintendence lasted until 1 September 1891, when legislation was enacted to incorporate the Town into a Municipality.Neil Ross McKinnon KC, who was president of that Board, was appointed the town’s first Mayor.The Electric Lighting Order of 1900 gave the Electricity Undertaking legal status as an entity owned and controlled by the New Amsterdam Town Council. As a utility, the Council was able to satisfy its citizenry with an essential service, while at the same time earning a fair amount of revenue, which was ploughed into other capital works of the Town and to keep the levying of rates at a minimum.However, due to a world crisis in October 1973 interims of the availability and sudden rise in the price of fuel, oil and subsequently on spare parts and services, it became uneconomical for Power Stations within close proximity to operate independently.Consequently, in keeping with the economic policy of the government, the New Amsterdam Power System was absorbed into the larger system of that of the Guyana Electricity Corporation on September 1, 1979.last_img read more

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Police closing in on Berbice double murder

first_imgPolice have made some headway in solving the Old Years Night double murder at Bush Lot Corentyne, Berbice. Investigators in Berbice have been able to obtain information from persons who were detained following the killing of two brothers during a robbery on Old Years Night.Premchand Samaroo, 45, also called “Tully”, a labourer and father of two of BushDead: Premchand SamarooLot Farm, was shot at point blank range and his brother Harichand Samaroo, 46, also called “Davo”, a farmer and father of three of Lot 81 Bush Lot Farm, Corentyne, was beaten by the bandits and died while receiving medical treatment.Several persons were arrested as Police launched a probe.According to a source close to the investigation, three persons have been questioned and Police have been able to get some information as they seek to solve the crime.Meanwhile, the suspect in the Philippi murder remains in custody.Guyana Defence Force Lieutenant Mark Begot was killed on Old Year’s Day at his home village when he and another man got into an argument at a bar. Begot was stabbed once.A post-mortem examination conducted on the body on Thursday gave the cause ofDead: Harichand Samaroodeath as shock and haemorrhage due to a perforated lung as a result of a stab wound. The suspect turned himself in on Wednesday in the company of a lawyer and the High Court on Friday granted the Police permission to further detain the suspect without laying charges. On Friday the Police had sought advice from the Director Public Prosecutions on the matter.last_img read more

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State Audits ignored VAT – Ram

first_img− As Tax handbook launchedCharted Account and Attorney-at-Law Christopher Ram has stated that the State Audits which have been conducted over the last several months did not address some of the issues related to the Value Added Tax (VAT). He made these comments at the launch of the Second Edition of the Ram and McRae Accounting“VAT runeth over” – Chartered Accountant Christopher Ram launched his handbook on Monday evening at the Georgetown Clubfirm 180 page handbook, at the Georgetown Club on Monday evening.The book contains 12 chapters and cites 84 different tax cases, it also has detailed information on the local VAT Act, Excise Tax Act, and other tax regulations.One of the concerns Ram highlighted, relates to the implantation of the VAT to mobile data plans. Another issue Ram stressed, that was not reportedly sought after in the audits, was that some companies charge consumers VAT without the requisite legal authority.“We know of people who have charged Value Added Tax and are not even registered and that is criminal and the State needs to be more careful… the State Audit might be interested in this because the State Audits have largely ignored Value Added Tax,” Ram told the gathering.Meanwhile, he also noted that based on an analysis, a nexus can be drawn that VAT, upon its introduction a decade ago, contributed to a spike in inflation.“When VAT was introduced in the year of introduction, inflation doubled from 7.2 per cent to 14 per cent, so the chances of inflation which would affect interest rates, exchange rates, profitability. You can see the spike in 2007, when VAT was introduced,” the accountant noted. He indicated the importance of placing emphasis on VAT as it is one of the “major sources” of tax revenue in Guyana. He also pointed out that Budget 2017 has “understated” the revenue from VAT.Highlighting some of the features of the $30,000 handbook, Ram has explained that the book will show the differences between zero-rated, standard-rated and exempt supplies; VAT calculations for registered businesses and for inclusive pricing. Ram’s book will further explain how to establish and maintain a VAT account; in addition to a ‘Civil and Criminal Offences and Penalties’ Table.Ram also told the gathering that his Anti-Money Laundering handbook will be available from March at a cost of $25,000.last_img read more

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Staff shortage cannot be an excuse for breaches – Ali

first_imgProcurement regulations… as Region 10 Chairman cries fowl over lack of staffRegion 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) Chairman Renis Morian said the administration of the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) will not submit to threats of sanctions by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), since he said it is a known fact that the Council is seriously understaffed.During the monthly statutory meeting on Thursday, Morian engaged the Council on a meeting which he attended with the PAC last week, noting that the administration had been threatened with sanctions over its financial accountability.“While it is very important for us to meet with the Committee to better the performance of the agency… I took serious umbrage to the fact that, overnight, some of the issues that we’re dealing with in Region 10 as it relates to financial accountability dates back beyond our tenure here… I take umbrage to the fact that the administration of this region was being threatened with sanctions, when for us to execute efficient and effectively we need to have the prerequisite staff,” Morian stated.The Regional Chairman said he explained to one of the officials that as Chairman of the Council, he will not sit and allow any of the agencies to sanction officers of the RDC when they are aware that the region does not have the necessary tools as well. He said while the administration is willing to work, these are some of the issues it has been plagued with.He said it is disturbing that the agency is looking at corruption from as far back as 10 years ago when the present administration of the RDC was not present. Morian declared that the region will up its game but will not submit to any sanctions under the present condition.According to the Regional Chairman, the RDC needs adequate staff to function effectively as he indicated that he felt threatened after hearing about threats and sanctions against the REO and staff when the RDC would have been asking for relevant staff, but to no avail. He added that more disturbing is that “people who were “part of the corruption” are threatening sanctions.” Apart from that, Morian said the Council was advised to improve its Finance Committee but noted that he never called a Finance Committee since he was not in possession of a Terms of Reference (ToR). He noted however that he has since secured a draft of the ToR, as he announced that the Finance Committee will now be “moving off”. The Regional Chairman added that the administration was also encouraged to look at realistic budgeting in the areas of health and education. Henceforth, he said all contracts in those areas must now have the signature of the Finance and Works Committee.However, the Public Accounts Committee Chairman, Irfaan Ali, on Friday lashed out at the Regional Chariman’s comments about being threatened, noting that the PAC has not issued any threat to any official. He noted that what the PAC did was warn errant officers that breaches highlighted by the Auditor General will not be tolerated.Ali, in an interview with <<>> said, “the Finance Secretary has pointed specifically to section of the Fiscal Management And Accountability Act (FMAA) that deals with offences and violation that Act, procurement legislation and other pieces of regulations and laws that outlines the roles and responsibilities of accounting officers.He candidly pointed out that the shortage of staff “cannot be an excuse for breaches in the procurement and financial system.”“Whilst we acknowledge the need to have a full complement of staff, which by the way is part of the PAC recommendation, we cannot use this as an excuse to breach the financial rules and regulations. What all elected officials at the regional level should do, as pointed out by the PAC, is to ensure they have proper oversight of the system. The Regional Finance Committee, Works Committee and tender boards must we effervescent, efficient, proactive and fully functional,” Ali said.last_img read more

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Mower Mayhem holds round four of Ford Maintenance Race Series on August 10

first_imgHere are the August 10 results:Stock Improved:Byron WestgateDylan BeaumontAlex MelanconPro Stock:Blaine AustinJason WestgateAlex NadeauModified:Johnny BeaumontBlaine AustinBlaine AustinOutlaw Pulling:Advertisement For the pro stock class, Jason Westgate is in first with 568 points.In the modifieds, Blaine Austin has a strong lead of 574 points.For outlaw pulling, Byron Westgate currently leads in the standings with 139 points.The fifth round of the Ford Maintenance Race Series is to take place on September 21 and 22, 2019 at the Mower Mayhem Oval on Johnson Road, south of Taylor.Advertisement Derek LoomisKimberly WestgateRon GilmorePowder Puff:Dylan BeaumontKimberly WestgateKimberly Westgatecenter_img FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Mower Mayhem held round four of the Ford Maintenance Race Series on Saturday, August 10, at the Mower Mayhem Oval.The race series featured classes such as stock improved, pro stock, and powder puff.The series also featured the outlaw tractor pull.- Advertisement -So far, after four rounds in the series, many competitors are showing strong standings when it comes to total points.For bone stock, Hayes Hiebert is well in first with 380 points.In stock improved, Jason Westgate is leading the way by 10 points over Cale Hiebert with 434 points.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Homeland Security official arrested

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MIAMI – The deputy press secretary for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security was arrested Tuesday for using the Internet to seduce what he thought was a teenage girl, authorities said. Brian J. Doyle, 55, was arrested in Maryland, where he lives, on charges of use of a computer to seduce a child and transmission of harmful material to a minor. The charges were issued out of Polk County, Fla. Doyle, of Silver Spring, Md., had a sexually explicit conversation with what he believed was a 14-year-old girl whose profile he saw on the Internet on March 14, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. The girl was actually an undercover Polk County Sheriff’s Computer Crimes detective, the sheriff’s office said. Doyle sent the girl pornographic movie clips and had sexually explicit conversations via the Internet, the statement said. During other online conversations, Doyle revealed his name, that he worked for the Homeland Security Department and offered his office and government issued cell-phone numbers, the sheriff’s office said. Doyle also sent photos of himself to the girl, but authorities said they were not sexually explicit. On several occasions, Doyle instructed her to perform a sexual act while thinking of him and described explicit activities, investigators said. Doyle later had a telephone conversation with an undercover deputy posing as the teenager and encouraged her to purchase a Web camera to send graphic images of herself to him, the sheriff’s office said. He was booked into Maryland’s Montgomery County jail where he was waiting to be extradited to Florida, the sheriff’s office said. Doyle could not be reached by phone at the jail for comment. Homeland Security press secretary Russ Knocke in Washington said he could not comment on the investigation. “We take these allegations very seriously, and we will cooperate fully with the ongoing investigation,” Knocke said.last_img read more

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BREAKING NEWS: DONEGAL WOMAN WINS €130,000 ON WINNING STREAK

first_imgBUNCRANA woman Marie McLaughlin tonight won an astonishing €130,000 on RTE’s Winning Streak programme.She said: “It’s incredible. I’m in a state of shock.”Marie, from Maginn Avenue, missed the drawing of her ticket last Saturday night – because she was watching the X Factor on TV3! Husband Sean and family members were in the audience for the show which was being watched back home at the North West Golf Club in Lisfannon where Marie plays.The 16-handicapper is planning to take sons Cahir, 26, and Ruairi, 24, to play the Augusta National Course in the States.As well as Sean and the boys, her sisters along with many friends and extended family travelled to Dublin with her for the big night, while her proud mum watched at home with her aunts.BREAKING NEWS: DONEGAL WOMAN WINS €130,000 ON WINNING STREAK was last modified: September 4th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Kenya women team shift focus to regional tourney after COSAFA slip

first_imgComments Neddy Okoth of Kenya celebrates a goal with teammates during the 2017 COSAFA Women’s Championship football match between Kenya and Mauritius at Luveve Stadium, Bulawayo on September 16, 2017. Courtesy photo.By Bryson Mykol FOOTBALL–Kenya women team, The Harambee Starlets, returned home after finishing fourth in the 2017 Council of South African Football Associations (COSAFA) championship held in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. The tourney that attracted 12 nations, lasted for two weeks and South Africa emerged winners after beating the hosts 2-1.Kenya represented East Africa as a guest team and the Richard Kanyi coached side staged an astral performance after winning all group matches, against Mozambique, Mauritius and Swaziland. The starlets, however, lost 4-0 to Zimbabwe in semifinals before further going down 4-2 on post-match penalties to Zambia in third-place playoff following a 1-1 draw in normal time.The team is now setting eyes on this year’s CECAFA Women Challenge Cup slated for November in Kigali, Rwanda.While talking to the FA portal head shortly after arriving in Nairobi, coach Kanyi expressed his gladness to his team’s performance in COSAFA cup, promising a better show ahead of CECAFA championship.Richard Kanyi said: “We are happy with the way the team performed. Our focus now turns to the upcoming CECAFA tournament and hopefully, we can build on what we learnt in COSAFA and do even better in the tournament.”Kenya finished second in last year’s edition held in Jinja, Uganda, after a 2-1 loss to Tanzania.A big number of regional teams are expected to take part in the November edition in Rwanda. They include; Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Burundi, Kenya, Sudan, South Sudan and Rwanda (the host), among others.last_img read more

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Harry: Liverpool missed out on a bargain

first_imgQPR boss Harry Redknapp says Liverpool missed out on a bargain when they recently backed out of a deal to sign Loic Remy.France forward Remy, 27, was signed from Marseille for just over £8m in January last year on the understanding he would be allowed to move for the same fee if a top-four club came in for him.He is keen to join Arsenal but after the Gunners declined to make a firm offer, Liverpool tabled a bid only for the transfer to then collapse.“Obviously he has a buy-out clause, but when you look at the prices of strikers it’s incredible – he should be a £20m striker in comparison to other strikers who are getting sold for £11m and £12m,” said Redknapp.“To have lost him for the amount we were going to would have been too cheap and to have him back here is fantastic for us.“When I looked at what [transfer fee] he was going to go to Liverpool for, it was a fantastic buy for Liverpool for that money. Their loss is our gain.”Meanwhile, QPR have ended their interest in Troy Deeney after Watford demanded £10m for the striker.See also:QPR boss dismisses Remy swap deal reportsQPR seeking talks with striker RemyFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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